A new gene was discovered in relationship with a rare form of alopecia
New gene for hair loss discovered - science news

A team of scientists has discovered a new gene responsible for a rare form of hair loss called Hypotrichosis simplex. The gene is called LSS and it affects an enzyme crucial for the metabolism of cholesterol.

The disease leads to hair loss already in childhood. It is not yet understood how this gene triggers alopecia, but it offers new clues about the biological cause of the disease.

A better understanding of the mechanisms behind the Hypotrichosis simplex disorder could lead to treatments that could hopefully prevent hair loss.

Read the full story: University of Bonn
Scientific publication: The American Journal of Human Genetics